Redemption | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.15%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Uncle Mattie. This is the batch 002 with no bret. It is all about yeast and a touch of funky aroma after the initial glass. Very drinkable and sessionable but not that complex. Soft on the tongue, this is a changeup for the RR brews I have had to date. Cloudy and lace.

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Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redemption 375ml bottle, batch 008, listed as 5.15%, opened with a pop! gentle pour into wb tulip. still created huge white head, it dissipated but stuck to the glass. Beautiful orange color with golden highlights. Nose of grass and hay, like a unfiltered farmhouse ale. I don't think there is still brett in these batches? Not too funky but a little musky. Not off putting at all. Taste of yeast, citrus, biscuit with some spice. Refreshing, even though a little dry. Dry and slightly bitter ending.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight bitterness with each sip that quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make this one quite easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is something different from russian river. at first taste i declared, "this is my least favorite russian river beer ive ever had". after reading the label and hearing it described as a belgian single (huh?!), i decided i like it quite a bit. pours cloudy and very light straw yellow color with a very bubbly white head that fades out but leaves some lacing. smells like wheat malt, sort of hefe yeast mixed with monk's yeast, and some light herbs, coriander? definitely smells like flowers, as my brother so keenly observed. flavor is very light, wheat malt type base, germanesque for a second, before relaxing into a balanced light ale with tons of great yeast happening. feel is nice, more than nice, like all of their beers, its bubbly and foaming and expansive and clean. i love the feel. body is light light light, but it works with this flavor profile. again, this aint to supplication, but its a nice drinkable blonde ale that brings a little more to the table than is common in the style. nicely done.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fizzy off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast along with notes of spices and subtle hints of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and the subtle sourness from the brett lend some complexity to the beer. This would be a good choice for someone that is just getting into sours.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny, cloudy golden color. Nice yeasty aroma. Good mouthfeel, citrus and yeast in the taste. Had this in a beer session with some higher ABV so this was a welcome, laid back beer. Nothing too fancy about it, but it's well balanced and refreshing with a clean finish. Not every beer has to be extreme, and this is a solid offering from RR.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a thin, but rocky head that persists as a film and leaves a reasonable amount of lace

Smell: Fruity (pear, green apple), yeasty with a modicum of peppery spice

Taste: Opens with a tangy light fruit flavor, with green apple and pear flavors forward; by mid-palate, the flavor gets more lemoney and sour; after the swallow, the lemon flavors recede for the moment, leaving the yeasty and fruity flavors in command; at the very end, the lemon flavor provides a puckerish finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily drinkable, with plenty of complexity; I like the way it stays dry throughout

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml brown glass bottle with a cork and wire screwcap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high because Russian River is me favourite brewery in North America and me second favourite globally (behind Mikkeller). The bottle is vintage 2010. The only other singles I remember having are Chimay Doree and Westvleteren 6.

A: Pours a four finger head of very slight soft cream, very thin, with good retention. Colour is a dark transparent yellow. It's actually not that appealing, but I suppose it's par for the style.

Sm: Very pleasant straw, yeast, and light lemon notes. It's mild in strength but rather appealing.

T: The lemony flavour complements the simple foundation nicely, and the yeast gives it a special touch, but overall it's very simple. It's effective and balanced, but I expect more complexity and boldness coming from Russian River. Compared to other singles I've had, it's lackluster.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a nice zesty curtail right at the end - probably its best feature. The mouthfeel complements the flavours but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: It's very drinkable, suiting the style. I could certainly down it all night, but at its high price point and limited quality, I wouldn't want to. I think in fairness, Russian River did what they could within the style, but it's just not up to snuff compared to other beers I've tried from them.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by kmpitz2...

Cork pops and the ale starts to rapidly foam into a nearby glass. The foam sparkles slightly, like dish soap almost. A good three fingers of foam rises to form irregular peaks and crags. Lacing galore. Tiny racing rivulets of carbonation make their speedy way to the surface. Liquid is a hazy golden tone.

Inital olfactory impression of wet stones, damp basement, with a healthy dose of Brett funkiness. Fairly subdued, it's merely present and not horsey or ripe.

Tart apple, vague lemon and spice, Brett again, with a fleeting earthiness. Mildly bitter hops. It hits the palate slightly prickly, then evaporates into sublime dryness. The effect is crisp and refreshing, with a champagne-like velvet character.

The 4.8% abv on the bottle isn't at all apparent, making for an exceptionally refreshing session ale. Now tracking down more is my new task...

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004.

Appearance - Bright and clear blond. The first pour provides about two-and-a-half inches of thick froth. Head retention is exceptionally good, leaving behind rings of sticky lace down the glass.

Smell - Earthy and grainy. Estery and sweet with notes of pear and banana. Hints of floral hops.

Taste - Bready, biscuity malts, graham cracker-like sweetness, hints of citrus and banana. Mild hoppy bitterness comes out in the finish, drying the palate and creating an excellent contrast to the initial sweetness. Impressive complexity coming from such an easy-drinking beer.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Soft but ample carbonation from bottle conditioning. The gentle mouthfeel really increases the drinkability of this beer; it was entirely too easy to finish the 750ml bottle by myself.

Notes - It would be foolish to underestimate this beer because of it's low ABV and lack of flash or hype, as it's a truly fantastic brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (Courtesy of Jimbowood): Poured slightly hazy yellowish ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention. Perfect aroma of Brett is very nice with dry hops and some floral malt. Taste is mildly sour at first with some nice floral peak and ends with a dry finish. Body is quite full which kind of surprise me because of the low ABV I was expecting some light beer. Overall, this is a truly wonderful beer and I very much appreciated the fact that even though the alcohol is low enough the taste and body are reasonably strong.

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving just a trace.

Smell: I'm picking up the malt with a trace of citrus and some spice from the yeast. Smells very nice.

Taste: Doesn't have a super strong taste. There is a very crisp malt flavor along with a hint of citrus, just like the smell. At the finish I'm picking up spice from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with a medium high level of carbonation. The bubbles are very delicate and the finish is somewhat dry.

Overall: The only problem I have with this beer is that it tastes and feels a bit watery. The flavors balance very well, I just wish there was a bit more.

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Photo of zeff80
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. The head crackled and then receded leaving behind wisps of white lace on the glass.

S - Almost smells wild - some mild funk and barnyard aromas with a yeasty kick. There is a mild aroma of grains, too.

T - Yeast hits you first with a bitter bite. Nice grain flavor mixed with some fruitiness. The funkiness is very mild.

M - It was crisp, very sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This truly is a sessionable Belgian-style ale that is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River in August 2009.

A: Pours a bright gold with a nice and fluffy white head that drops down into a few nice rings of lacing.

S: A little bit of earthiness to go along with some citrus and yeast.

T: A little bit of sweetness from the malt as well as some citrus fruits and yeast characteristics; floral and earthy hops make it slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and a great example of the style.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Hennepin chalice. Batch 006.

Pours 1 finger of fizzy white head. Good retention leaving splattered lace. Color is a hazy straw yellow.

Aroma: Belgian yeast flavors, some sharp spice notes, hay, lemon. A nice mix of flavors.

Taste: Very spiced beer. Black pepper notes. Reminds me a lot like a saison. A lot of yeast notes. Some lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry yeasty flavored aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. My first RR that isn't a sour and I dig it. I'd rather have had this in the summer, then I think it would be superb. Still, a well done beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/4/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, pepper, coriander, floral, banana peel, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, wheat, banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, coriander, wheat, banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast and malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blonde ale. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one, just arrived today and I couldn't wait. Batch 009.

Pours a pasty white 1+ finger head that fades at a medium pace, over super hazy golden honeysuckle colored beer.

Nose has some nice golden ale aromas, some light golden Belgian malts, almost wheat like but not quite, light citrus and very light Belgian yeast spices, hints of very light grassy hops and hints of zest and a light pale hop demeanor, a slight sweet almost candi sugar like aroma.

Taste is light and airy, a nice Belgian golden malt flavor, plenty more Belgian yeast flavors with a bit of citrus, spice, zest, and a sweet light candi sugar like flavor. Some nice hop flavors, a light noble like hop, with some light grassy and plenty of citrus flavors, it gets a decent bitterness with some lemon zest and orange peel like flavors, but keeps soft and delicate. It seems to dance around the palate, tickling here and there, but in a nice fashion, and balanced pretty well. Finishing fairly bitter, more lingering citrus zest, as well as some slightly sweet Belgian malt flavors but fairly dry at the same time.

Mouth is medium to a bit lighter bodied but feels nice, with tons of carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, low abv, delicate and tasty, the bitterness and zest gets a little heavy at times, but otherwise pretty nice.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the RR brewpub in Sant Rosa.

A: pale hazy light golden. Somewhat weak head still leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma: tart and fruity, mostly citrus. tart.

Flavor: nice light fruity tartness, light malts and a very nice mix of hops. Very good lingering aftertaste.

Feel: smooth; light body; good soft medium carbonation.

O: excellent; refreshing.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 375ml bottle with date of 4/4/13.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with vigorous carbonation yielding a 1.5-inch rocky white head which leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: Bready yeast, spices (white peppercorns and corriander), delicate floral with a very slight funky farmhouse-like note, grassy/hay, herbal and estery. On warming the banana and clove elements show themselves.

T: Follows the nose with some faint lemon verbena and a malty balance smoothed by the yeast.

M: Semi-medium body and semi-full carbonation. Champagne-like with a clean, fresh, dry, yeasty and herbal finish.

O: Nice, gentle and refreshing and easy drinking. Start here.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation at the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces rather quickly to a small patch of very thin film near the center of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light amounts of pale malts and Belgian yeast with some light to moderate amounts of spices (pepper and coriander) and very light hints of barnyard funk. Also, there is a touch of candi sugar.

T: There are some subtle hints of sourness in this beer along with the flavors of the Belgian yeast and spices - pepper and coriander. There is a very light amount of fruitiness - touch of banana with some pear and apple. Not sweet but minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: This is a far more approachable sour or funky beer than many others, easily appeals to people that are just starting to explore those styles/characteristics. The overall sourness/tartness is light but this is still quite tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden even though it is quite low in ABV - definitely another quality beer from Russian River.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap probably at Monk's

Pale golden beer, clearish, with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Lots of trub and floaties if you're pouring it from the bottle. Citrus and yeast in the nose, fruity esters and floral hops. In the taste: pale malt sweetness, bready yeast, pear and banana notes, citrus zest, floral and slightly earthy hops. Light-medium mouthfeel, generously carbonated, quiet pleasant overall. RR rarely disappoints.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003.

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, yellow body with a thin, well-fluffed, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented arrangement of malts dotted with various notes of spice, honey, white wine, and fruits, including white peach, canned pears, and citrus.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with perhaps some pils and wheat malt throw in the mix as well. A touch of wildflower honey and spice splashed with some Viognier and tossed with fresh-cut fruits. Hints of doughy yeast here and there. Pleasing floral qualities throughout. Light, earthy hops with just a bit of bitterness. Drying, crisp, but it's also quite smooth on the satisfying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Redemption is beauty and glamor and mystique and intrigue, all with a supremely high drinkability and level of refreshment.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Bright, lemony gold with an amount of carbonation that would make champagne blush. A second pour adds a blizzard of yeast that increases the beer's attractiveness quite a bit. The alabaster crown isn't as wonderful as what one might see on most good Belgian beer. It's stiff, yet sticky, and leaves a surprising amount of lace that looks like aerosol snow.

Brettanomyces is easily noted in the nose. In fact, as is usually the case, it's the master of all it surveys. Cruising along beneath all the glorious funk is a golden fruitiness reminiscent of lightly spiced apples and pears. That description might not sound like much, but that's due more to my incompetence than the nose's. It's an exotic, tremendously appealing aroma.

Russian River should be commended for yet another outstanding beer. Redemption is easily the best Begian single ale that I've ever imbibed (let's throw Belgian pale ales in there as well, since BA doesn't recognize the Belgian single style). If I remember correctly, the others were simple fare at best. This beer is anything but simple.

Even without the Brett, this would still be an excellent ale. The orchard fruitiness is at once sweet, tart and bitter, and is a tremendous foil for the wackiness of the yeast. Lemony and grassy notes are present as well. I'm happy to report that, as the nose indicated, the yeast doesn't obliterate everything in its path. Rather, it complements the base beer in the best possible way. Vinnie is an absolute magician. I'd say that even if he wasn't responsible for the best beer on the planet (Pliny The Younger).

I'm trying to factor out the still crazed carbonation from my assessment of the mouthfeel. I'm trying to wait out the bubbles, but the beer is so damn delicious that I can't stop drinking. By the bottom of the bottle, the silky, lightly slick nature of the mouthfeel is noted and allows me to feel confident in the score granted.

For my money, Allagash and Russian River are the only two American craft breweries that consistently release world-class Belgian-style ales. Energetic mouthfeel or not, Redemption has no need to seek redemption from me. It's an outstanding version of an often overlooked style that is improved immeasureably by the inspired use of Brettanomyces. I'm a Russian River fan for life.

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Photo of billab914
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. It poured golden yellow in color, with a big fluffy white head to it. The head settled a little, but had excellent retention overall. Great lacing as well, thick white foam was all over the glass as I drank it. Pretty perfect looking beer for the style.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy flavor to it with some lemon, coriander and orange peel coming through. Some pale, somewhat grainy malts come through and add some sweetness to it. It's light, crisp and pretty appealing overall.

The taste shows a lot of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. I get the lemony citrus flavor with some notes of coriander and orange peel coming through. The Belgian yeast gives off a bit more spice in the taste. The pale malts also show through a little more in the taste adding more grainy, sweet flavors. In the finish I get just enough bitterness to help balance it out some.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability was good, it was a good beer overall and went down very easy this evening. It had a lot of bright flavors to it, but manged to stay relatively balanced. Not one of my favorite styles, but one of the better ones I've had. Very solid beer overall.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Scott for this one.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a one finger white, foamy head on top. Great retention, the head lasts for pretty much the entire time. Nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Pleasant aroma, lightly spiced with some coriander and Belgian yeast. Some orange and orange rind and a little bit of thyme/parsley.

T: Light fruit, zest/rind, and grass with a little bit of Belgian spices up front. There is a little bit of Barnyard/saison character to it. Some coriander and a little bit of pepper.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

O: Very easy drinking for a Belgian style beer. Wouldn't have guessed it that low in abv either. Could drink this one all day and see it pairing well with food too.

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4.05 out of 5 based on 1,645 ratings.
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